Gibson County Economic Development Corporation is a public-private organization helping to create a vibrant business community as well as promote initiatives that add to the quality of life for its residents. Strong relationships with business and government help the Gibson County EDC to assist businesses with the data and resources to make the decision to invest in Gibson County.
As part of the Southwest Indiana network, Gibson County EDC works closely with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, the region's economic and community development organization which helps market Gibson County along with Indiana's Great Southwest to the world.
Following the lead from the State of Indiana, we believe in coupling economic and community development efforts with quality of place projects to help attract and retain talent. The Stellar Communities Award and the Regional Cities Initiative are helping Gibson County make a big impact for our businesses as well as our residents.
The City of Princeton was selected by the State of Indiana as a Stellar Community Award recipient in 2012 and received $22 million dollars to help make a greater impact in a shorter period. Princeton's strategic plan included completely renovating downtown facades along the square, Bicentennial Plaza, downtown streetscapes, senior housing cottages and revitalizing the former Princeton movie theatre into a performing arts venue and community center. New businesses have opened and the community is experiencing success because of the State's award.
In 2015, Indiana's Regional Cities Initiative selected Indiana's Great Southwest to receive $42 million dollars for quality of place projects focused on attracting and retaining talent to the region. One project in Gibson County will receive $3 million dollars for a mixed-use retail/University housing project. Oakland City University, a private four-year university that is growing and in the need of additional student housing, will build a mixed use project that will contain 25% retail space with second and third floor suite style housing for residential students while helping to revitalize the City's downtown.